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Peachtree Baptist honors 9/11 victims’ memory

Posted on September 13, 2021

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Fran Bunn

Fran Bunn

On Sunday, Pastor Gene Whitehouse presented a Patriots Day service honoring the memory of all those lost and injured on Sept. 11, 2001.

During the Sept. 11 attacks, 2,977 people were killed, 19 hijackers committed murder-suicide and more than 6,000 others were injured. The immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area and 125 at the Pentagon. 

The attacks remain the deadliest terrorist act in world history. Most of those who perished were civilians except for 343 members of the Fire Department of New York; 71 law enforcement officers who died in the World Trade Center and on the ground in New York City; another law enforcement officer who died when United Airlines Flight 93 crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania;  55 military personnel who died at the Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia; and the 19 terrorists who died on board the four aircraft. 

We at Peachtree Baptist Church continue to pray for you and your friends and family during these stressful times. COVID-19 and its delta and now mu variants have spiked, and the numbers of cases and deaths continue to rise.

The sanctuary flower arrangement Sunday was presented to glorify God by Bob and I in memory of the 2,799 people killed in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and the 6,000 who were injured. We also wish to remember the victims’ many families and friends.

Pianist Jane May played a beautiful solo of patriot music. Pastor Whitehouse played a video presentation for the special music Sunday, the song, “Then Came the Morning,” by Ernie Haase and Signature Sound.

The memory verse for the month of September is 2 Timothy 1:13-14.

Pastor’s message:“The Beatitudes: Moment by Moment Confessors, Part 2,” with Scripture from Matthews 5: 4.

‘FRIENDS WITH GOD’

Jerry’s devotional this week is “Friends with God” from, “Fixing My Eyes on Jesus,” by Anne Graham Lotz.

“The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.” — Exodus 33:11.

“When I walk with my friend around the lake each morning, we talk about anything and everything: recipes, grandchildren, sales, ball games, politics — whatever happens to be on our minds.

“Wouldn’t you love to have that kind of free-flowing discussion with the Lord and find out what’s on His mind? Is God thinking about stars or planets, black holes or sinkholes, governments or nations, the culture or the church, sin or suffering, demons or angels, hell or heaven, all those big things that He’s so good at managing? With so many important things on His mind, it’s almost beyond human imagination to even dream that He would have one thought to spare on someone like me. Or you. Yet God reveals what’s on His mind to those who make the time to walk with Him as a friend.

“Jesus encouraged His disciples to walk with Him when He told them He no longer called them servants, ‘because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friend, for everything that I learned from my Father I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you’ (John 15:15).

“Be the friend of God. Listen to His Son.”

‘SYMBOL OF THE CROSS’

My devotional this week is “The Symbol of The Cross,” by Billy Graham, from “Peace For Each Day.”

“God forbid that I should boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — Galatians 6:14.

“‘We thought the devil was here,’ said a firefighter, ‘but with this cross, we know God is here.’ Among the rubble in the aftermath of 9/11, a twenty-foot steel-beam cross was uncovered. Though people from many walks of life watched in terror as the World Trade Center towers in New York collapsed, the sight of the cross brought hope to many — and terror to some. Atheists demanded that the cross, later displayed, be removed from the privately operated National September 11 Memorial and Museum. They claimed that many people were ‘injured’ when they saw it.

“To some the cross of Christ brings cheer; to others it incites fear. The cross can be of comfort to people’s spirits, or it can reveal the corruption of the human heart and bring conviction of sin. When you see a cross, let it always remind you of the tremendous gift Jesus gave us, but never forget that it was because of our sin that Christ had to die there.”

CHURCH BUSINESS 

• The Women’s Missionary Union ladies are busy with their projects. They have started their annual Appalachian Backpack Ministry. They will start sending cards and letters and making phone calls to shut-ins. The WMU’s monthly meeting will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15.

• The Peachtree Men’s Ministry will host its next monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. For reservations, please call 252-478-4418.

COMMUNITY NEWS

• Floods Chapel Free Will Baptist Church held a men’s breakfast at 8 a.m. Saturday.

• The Coopers Ruritan Club will sell barbecue chicken plates at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 17. Plates are $8 each, drive-thru and delivery only. Boy Scout Troop 37 and Cub Scout Pack 37 will sell sweets for an additional charge.

• Floods Chapel is collecting donations for the St. Vincent’s Island volcano victims. Please contact the church for a list of needs.

• Counting the Costs Ministries, sponsored by Billy and Amy Kornegay, 919-920-4755, is taking up donations for flood victims of St Vincent’s and St Lucia islands. The group is also collecting winter items for an Indian reservation in the mountains of New Mexico.

Area churches: If you have events coming up, please let me know on Saturdays two weeks before the events.

PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS

• To all those sick and in need. Please keep them all in your prayers.

• Caregivers: Maxine Whitley, Jerry Hobgood, Dorothy Nelson, Bill Wakefield and Gail Brantley.

• Recovering at home: Ronnie Matthews, Delcie Wakefield, Norman Whitley, Melba Hobgood, Sandra Breedlove, Bert Eason, Aaron Edwards’ father-in-law Jim English, Pete Infintino and Luke Gupton.

• Undergoing treatment:  Marta Whitehouse, Janie Joyner, Bill Nelson, Joyce Brinkley, Deborah Massey, Lawrence Edwards’ cousin Sharon, Steve McDaniels and Sherry Rose.

• Under doctors’ care: Melba and Jerry Hobgood, Preston Green, Jackie Mitchell Fisher, Ronald Fisher, James Shepard, Brenda Sheppard, Aubrey Farmer, Doug Hayes, Fan Whitley, Sandra Breedlove, Sara Paige, Eula Gupton, Gene Avery, Laverne Whitley, Adam Edwards’ mother-in-law Nancy Law, Al Whitehouse, Brenda Sheppard, Parker Riddick and Rene Cary.

• Pray for the family of Richard Wilder, cousin of Lawrence Edwards.

• Nelson Baines is in UNC Healthcare’s general hospital in Chapel Hill. Orville Cooper is in Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

• Pray for the families affected by Hurricane Ida, the people and first responders affected by flooding in western North Carolina and middle Tennessee, the families of the 13 U.S. military personnel killed in Afghanistan, wildfire victims in the western United States and those infected with COVID-19 and their families.

• Birthday blessings to Taylor (Gupton) Finch (Sept. 16), Nancy Hill (Sept. 16), Charlotte Edwards (Sept. 18), Billy Bunn (Sept. 24), Norman Whitley (Sept. 25), Bob Wilson (Sept. 25) Scott May (Sept. 26) and John Privette (Sept. 30).

If you have news, please call or email me. My email address is mfpbun@aol.com. My phone number is 252-478-2846. I will need your news no later than 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Fran Bunn is a member of Peachtree Baptist Church.

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